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Kerr/Carr Family Papers

Identifier: A-0341

Content Description

The bulk of the collection consists of family letters. Most letters were written by family members in Jackson County, North Carolina to William Kerr(1839-1912) in Texas. Letters from Jesse Kerr were addressed to both his brother William and his son William.


  • Creation: 1872-1920

Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Maclin Kerr (1810-1886) married Lucinda Davis (1817-1891) in 1832 in Blount County, Tennessee. Their second oldest son, William Maclin Kerr (1839-1912), married Mary Mildred Davis (1842-1918) in 1859 in Tennessee. Sometime in the mid-1860s Maclin and William moved their families to “Dicks Hill,” Jackson County, North Carolina. William stayed in North Carolina for about five years before moving his family to Rusk County, Texas. William’s older brother Jesse and younger sister Julie Patterson also moved to Rusk County, Texas at about the same time. Jesse, along with Julie and her husband Jerry, returned to North Carolina in 1872. William stayed in Rusk County with his family. By 1880 he also had land in Erath County, Texas. The Kerr surname was changed when William started signing his name Carr instead of Kerr.


0.25 Cubic Feet


This collection consists of five folders and is housed with other collections in a banker's box. It is organized at the folder-level.

Guide to the Kerr/Carr Family Papers
Linda Reynolds
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the East Texas Research Center Repository